U.S. sales of lubricants, greases and process oils fell just shy of 2.45 billion gallons in 2006, according to data released yesterday by the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association. The trade groups annual Report on U.S. Lubricating Oil and Wax Sales shows that automotive lubricants – consistently the largest slice of the market – were 56.1 percent of the total volume sold, with industrial lubricants accounting for 21.2 percent, and process oils for 18.1 percent. Metalworking comprised 2.1 percent of the market and lubricating greases 2.4 percent.
The 80-page statistical report offers comparative data from companies that provide sales figures for both years. The comparative data can be used to help spot market trends, while the total reported sales volume varies depending on the population of the surveys voluntary respondents.